Chin, Thado

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A language of India

Alternate Names
Kuki, Kuki-Thado, Thaadou Kuki, Thado-Pao, Thado-Ubiphei, Thadou
Population

L1 users: 243,000 (2001 census). Total users in all countries: 269,200.

Location

Assam state; Manipur state: Chandel, Churachandpur, Senapati, and Tamenglong districts; Mizoram state: northeast; Nagaland state: Kohima district; Tripura state.

Language Status

4 (Educational).

Dialects

Changsen, Jangshen, Kaokeep, Khongzai, Kipgen, Langiung, Sairang, Thangngen, Hawkip, Shithlou, Singson (Shingsol). Several varieties, but high mutual intelligibility among dialects. Related to Kamhau (Tedim Chin [ctd] dialect), Ralte [ral], Paite Chin [pck], Zou [zom].

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Also use Meitei [mni], Nepali [npi]. Used as L2 by Sakachep [sch].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 57% in Manipur (2001 census). Literacy lower among older people and in villages. Taught in schools in Manipur. Literature. Periodicals. Radio. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 1971–1994.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

A Scheduled Tribe. Some listed dialects are separate languages. Christian.

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